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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will likely travel to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin on September 9, Daily Express US has been told.
Mykola Volkivskyi, a former adviser to Ukraine’s government, believes the pair will meet as the G20 summit kicks off in New Delhi, India on the evening of September 9. The date also marks the creation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, more widely known as North Korea.
Kim is traveling by armored train to meet his Russian counterpart in the eastern Russian port city of Vladivostok.
“I think that Kim Jong-un’s armored train will arrive at the Hasan border railway station on the evening of September 9, the day of the G20 Summit in Delhi,” Mr. Volkivskyi told Daily Express US.
“His visit may last until September 12 or 13. [Then], he will be greeted in Pyongyang as a hero and winner, regardless of the outcome of the talks.”
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The New York Times has cited US officials who said Putin and Kim would be on the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok to attend the Eastern Economic Forum, which runs from September 10 to 13.
Putin is thought to be traveling to meet the North Korean leader to request weapons but Mr. Volkivskyi believes the Russian President is in a “difficult” position to negotiate with the hermit kingdom.
“The Russian leadership will try to get the maximum number of artillery shells and anti-tank missiles from the DPRK,” he said.
“In turn, the other side is interested in the latest developments for its satellites and nuclear submarines. One of the topics will also be the provision of humanitarian food by Russia to the people of North Korea.
“Putin may face a difficult negotiation process, because Pyongyang may ask a very high price for its weapons which Russia is so eager to obtain.”
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Russia has suffered so-called “shell hunger” throughout the war, running low on ammunition particularly after Ukraine began targeting Moscow’s depots behind the front lines.
Declassified American intelligence last year revealed that Russia was buying millions of North Korean rockets and artillery shells, however now it appears Putin is coming back to the hermit kingdom to make another deal.
In the past, there have even been instances of Ukrainian troops capturing North Korean-made ammunition from Russian forces after their positions were overrun.
Although Western sanctions have not completely crippled Russia’s economy due to high energy prices allowing Moscow to fill its coffers from oil and gas sales, they have hurt Putin’s ability to supply his military.
Russia has now turned to pariah states like North Korea and Iran for weapons. The two nations have little to lose as they are already largely under international sanctions.
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